Being a stay-at-home mom, I try to find anything I can to supplement our income. Many of us consider saving money (by couponing) our job!! Any money you save from couponing is money earned in my opinion. I thought I would also recap a few other ways that I make extra money (besides couponing!). None of these are going to make you rich, but if you’re looking to make/save a few extra bucks, these are a few ways with which I have had success!


I am seriously in love with Swagbucks. I think it’s one of the easiest ways to make money. You’re already doing internet searches anyway, so why not use a search engine that pays you? Here’s how it works.

Just sign up for Swagbucks. Make Swagbucks your home page so you always use it for your searches. Then, start searching! You usually earn 1 or 2 swagbucks every few searches. And it seems, the more obscure the search, the more likely you’ll earn a swagbuck. Redeem your swagbucks for gift cards or put the money in your paypal account! You only need 45 swagbucks to earn a $5 Amazon card or 130 swagbucks for a $10 Starbucks card…and they add up quickly! I’ve been using Swagbucks since December and I’ve already racked up 400 swagbucks! SA-weet!! I am SO getting a Starbucks card (my little treat!). Seriously, if you’re not using Swagbucks, you’re missing out on FREE money! There’s no obligation and no strings attached. I even downloaded the toolbar and have not had ANY problems. It’s just too easy.


Earn money to take surveys – One of my favorite Survey Companies! My Survey will email you when a survey is available. Once you make $10, you get a check!

Opinion Outpost

Take surveys – Get Amazon $$ for earning as little as $5!

Ebates and Shop-at-Home

Get cash back on your online purchases, plus $5 signing bonus. If you’re shopping online without first going through one of these site, you’re just saying NO to FREE money! ShopAtHome sends you a check once your account reaches $20. Ebates sends you a check every quarter no matter how much is in your account!

Earn money for college (or anything else) by purchasing items you probably already buy! You can also “load” electronic coupons to your Kroger and CVS loyalty cards to earn more $$.


My Points

My Points is so easy.  They send you several emails per day. Click on the link to their advertiser site and you earn points, usually 5 points per email. Just open the email, click on the advertiser link and you get the points. This is something I do mindlessly as I’m watching TV. You earn more points if you sign up for their offers, but you don’t have to. They have SEVERAL rewards available, but my favorite reward is a $10 Walmart gift card for 1650 points. I feel like I’m actually putting a dent in our weekly budget, since I am going to spend $10 at Walmart anyway.

Inbox Dollars

Inbox Dollars is something I have just started recently, but it is basically the same as My Points. Read the email, link to the advertiser’s site and you earn dollars. I already have $6.12 after just a month of membership. Once you get $30, you can request a check! Money in the bank!

(I would definately suggest setting up a separate email account for both MyPoints and Inbox Dollars)


This is not something I have done myself, but it would definately be included in “Ways to Earn”:
Nielsen Homescan Panel is currently offering their shopping purchases program!
Here’s how it works:
Sign up here.
  • Upon approval, you will receive a scanner.
  • Scan all the purchases you bring into your home – groceries, health & beauty, clothing, etc. (kids love to play “store”…put them to work scanning all your items!)
  • Once a week, hook up the scanner to your computer (or landline) and it transmits the data back to Nielsen within a minute or so.
 Earn points:
  • Complete a short survey for each store you visited that week…earn 100 points per store.
  • Earn 150 points for each weekly submission.(points will increase with time).

What’s in it for me?

  • Redeem your points for name-brand merchandise, including electronics equipment, jewelry, household items, toys, and much more!
  • You’ll also earn entries into many exciting sweepstakes.
  • But, above all, you’ll be making your opinions count!

So, go here to get started! They don’t keep these sign-ups open for long!

I hope this information helps you earn extra cash for your family! Let us know in the comments section how you earn extra cash!

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